Good news everybody! The coronavirus sex ban for non-cohabiting people ends this weekend, and as if that wasn’t enough, the zoos are reopening too.
Now that your inalienable British rights to shag randoms and look at camels whenever you damn well please have been restored, it seems the right time to bring this blog to a close. We’ll resurrect it in the event that full lockdown is enforced once again.
A huge THANK-YOU to everyone who sent in pictures, recipes, videos, quizzes, comments and constructive criticism to the blog. It wouldn’t have worked without you. In the end we couldn’t use everything, and with the hundreds of emails that came through, bits and pieces will have slipped through the cracks, for which we sincerely apologise. If we didn’t feature your pet it wasn’t because they weren’t cute enough.
Of course, just because lockdown has eased doesn’t mean that isolation doesn’t remain a problem in the legal sector. We hope that Law Against Loneliness can and will continue in other forms – and we welcome suggestions about how to do that.
In the meantime, stay safe.
Image of the Day
Video of the Day
Alison Burdick, marketing director at Kingsley Napley, has been running free yoga training from her front room via Zoom to members of the firm since the start of lockdown. Here is a timelapse video of one of her sessions.
The Lawyer Fringe Festival
Axis of Awesome are best known for their four chords song but here they recount the touching story of a humble legal secretary and her mysterious lover.
Dogs of the Day
“I own/feed two cats who are sisters,” says Greg Purnell, a senior associate at Clyde & Co.
“Maisie (nicknamed, perversely, The Mouse) is unsuspectingly about to be lamped by her older-by-10-minutes sister, Millie. Maisie is as sturdy as a sack of spuds and managed to cling on to the garden fence. She could have a second career as a stunt double for Sylvester from the Sylvester and Tweetie Pie cartoons.
By contrast Millie is superodel thin and has to let junior know who is the gaffer every now and then. For your readers with a working knowledge of 80s pop music there may be a pun in there somewhere involving ‘Swing Out Sister’. Full credit is due to my daughter for taking the picture.”
From Viola Bensinger of Greenberg Traurig in Berlin: “Seeing Lola the Hungarian Pointer in the 14 May issue reminded me of my own Hungarian pointer called Tommy who wanted to participate in our family home office and insisted on his own screen as he, too, has important video calls to attend…”
“I long for a dog”, says lawyer-turned-mediator Hetti Jackson-Stops, “but for the meantime, I have to make do with the companionship of Jude. Named by my son after a boy in his class. His wives (yes, he’s a polygamist) are Henny Penny and Little Black One – less inspired names! Cuddles on the sofa aren’t really his thing but he’s a useful alarm clock although I’m not sure whether the neighbours agree…”
“It’s not only humans who have had to suffer without their regular trips to the hairdressers,” writes Sarah Tivey, an associate at Womble Bond Dickinson. “Here are two pictures of my Scottish terrier Theo, on the left with his lockdown hair and on the right, a second picture showing him looking much cooler, in every sense now that his hairdresser has been able to resume work. It’s the same dog – honestly!”
Ian Mason of Gowling WLG sends photos of his Ragdoll kittens, now about 7 months old. “They are both named after World Chess Champions, being called Magnus (after Magnus Carlsen, current World Champion) and Menchik (after Vera Menchik, a former female World Chess Champion).”
Track of the Day
“Come with me, for time’s too precious to wait around for the gloom.”